Saudi women plan on driving illegally
October 26 , 2013
Women in Saudi Arabia have planned on protesting the country's law and taking to the road.
According to the organizers, over 16,000 people have demanded a "valid and legal justification" of the law and signed an online petition in support of the protests on Oct. 26.
"It's a matter of fear of change, which will easily be overcome if women show them that we are ready," one of the participants said.
A Saudi cleric claimed last month that driving can damage women's ovaries and a ministry spokesman mentioned that those encouraging women to drive will face punishment.
"It's past time to address the country's systemic discrimination," a Human Rights Watch researcher said. "Driving could open roads to reform."